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RV AC vs Dust Storm

Postby dragonpilot » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:21 pm

Guys...what's your advice regarding running the RV AC during a dust storm?

Methinks that with the heavy concentration of dust the AC filters are gonna clog up in about 15 minutes rendering the AC useless for the rest of the time.

I'd think we'd be better off running a fan inside a buttoned up RV.
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Postby Token » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:28 pm

RV AC is a split system, the evaporator and fan are inside the RV, the condenser and radiator is on the roof with the big fan.

Air is cooled inside the RV and recirculated. No outside air enters.

Works just fine in a whiteout.
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Postby CapSmashy » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:45 pm

Yep. You might want to blow out the top unit after a big dust storm.

We're gonna run a portable evap cooler on the bus and use fans instead of cranking up the big genny and running the big a/c units. We'll have them as a back up if we need them, but based on the extended forecasts, it looks to be a really mild year.

Of course, we're also gonna have the bus under almost full shade too.
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Postby oleg8888 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:55 pm

Our RV was not running AC during storm and it was full of dust (windows, doors)
If you have newer model, it'll be less dusty
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Postby dragonpilot » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:30 pm

All good news...thanks, troops!
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Re: RV AC vs Dust Storm

Postby kvd » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:19 am

Get a standard air purifier for running inside your space. Works wonders to keep the air clear and the dust down.
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Re: RV AC vs Dust Storm

Postby illy dilly » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:35 am

Wow, kind of a older topic.... anyway....
I wouldn't be concerned about the AC unit running during a dust storm, except maybe when the storm is over clean off the fins on the roof. Easy to do, but be careful because the fins are really thin metal and will cut you pretty good.

My concern would be with the generator air filter. Should be fine.
For sure go out and pull the air filter off and clean it after the dust storm.
But if it is clogged during the storm, I'd imagine you could try cleaning it. Gear up, grab a dirty sock or something to plug the hose into the motor while you have the filter out. Take the filter off, run in side clean it best you can, then out out and put it back in. Don't forget to plug the whole while you have the filter out, and to remove the plug before you put the filter back in.
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